Delhi's Green Light To Foreign Investment In Insurance

8 years, 6 months ago - October 05, 2012
After the distribution and civil aviation, the Indian government Thursday approved the opening of the insurance sector and pension savings to foreign direct investment (FDI), a measure that seeks to revive an economy in decline speed.

This reform, which must still be approved by parliament, would allow foreign companies to get their 26% stake to 49% in the insurance industry, announced a source in the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh .

In retirement savings, previously closed to FDI, foreign groups should be able to enter up to 26% of capital. "The government has approved the Insurance Act," the source said on condition of anonymity.

"Jumble"

The Prime Minister and his new finance minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, insisted for weeks on the need to boost Indian investment abroad and to stimulate a slowing economy and shore up the budget deficit.

After years of strong economic growth close to 10%, the third largest economy in Asia recorded a GDP growth limited to 5.5% in the first quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year (April-June), its lowest growth in over two years.

The government has already announced a series of economic reforms to liberalize the sectors of retail, aviation and broadcasting. But these ads unpopular, decided by a center-left government that campaigned on the theme of the fight against poverty, have created strong tensions within his camp and a virulent opposition parties of the opponent.

The coalition government has recently lost an ally with the resignation of six ministers from the regional party Trinamool Congress Party, on the grounds that opening retail to foreign multinationals threatened the survival of many small businesses. This particular party denounced a "fire sale to foreigners in India."

 

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